Guide to AT&T Parental Control Tools
Setting up a seamless parental control system on the devices your kids use is the best way to keep your children safe and frustration at bay. The way technology has taken over our day-to-day activities is evident in everything we do but that doesn’t mean we must take our children’s phones away from them or hide laptops, and make them feel deprived from the virtual world they love so much.
Parental control tools have become an extension for parents to protect their kids without making the latter feel like their privacy is being invaded. With their seamless features and customization options, these tools are making it easy for us to monitor what we want to monitor and doing so in our own time.
There are several parental control tools out there but this article will take a look at AT&T..
AT&T Parental Controls: The Features
In a nutshell, AT&T parental control tools enable you to manage the web activity of up to ten children. “AT&T Internet Parental Controls is easy to use and it’s free to all AT&T Internet and DSL customers. You don’t even need additional equipment,” all you need is a laptop with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit), or Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit). At this point, AT&T is not available for Windows 8 and 10 or for MAC computers.
Some of the key features of this software include:
- The ability to block certain websites.
- You can view your kid’s web activity, including their inbox.
- Schedule time when your kids can access the internet.
- Set a limit to how much time your kids can spend online.
- Customize web access and other options according to each child.
- Use the quick setup for automatic filters based on the age of the child.
- You can block potentially dangerous websites such as message boards, chat rooms and more.
- It will give your children the opportunity to request access to unauthorized urls.
- You only need to install the software once and after that, you can access the management system from any computer.
The Advantages of using AT&T Parental Controls
From a technical point of view, the advantages of using AT&T parental control tools include the fact that it is easy to install and creating custom profiles for each of your kids is a straightforward process. The software also allows you to set a timer for automatic logout, so that if you ever forget to sign out, your kids won’t be able to take advantage of this slip up to change their web browsing settings.
From a parental point of view, setting up the parental controls means that you have the opportunity to create tangible limits on your kids’ screen time activity, so you can have them less in front of gadgets and give them more time to pursue other things. This tool will also prevent your kids from visiting websites where cyberbullies are known to be active as well as keeping them away from websites where inappropriate, violent and harmful content is featured such as message boards and adult chat rooms.
Other Parental Control Toosl for Phone Usage
Up until now, the features and benefits listed above were focused on the AT&T tool being used on laptops or PCs but this parental control tool can also be installed on phones with AT&T Smart Limits program. Unlike its PC software version however, Smart Limits is not free and while you can set data and time limits, it does not give parents much control over the apps on their kids’ phones.
The TeenSafe app can give you more control when it comes to phone monitoring. From blocking apps to blocking phone usage during school hours; having a list of incoming calls and texts and even control over camera usage, the TeenSafe app can keep your kids from taking full advantage of the independence a phone can give them at no additional cost and regardless of whether you use iTunes or Android.
The amount of control and monitoring will always depend on the child in question, on your beliefs and your experiences so far as a parent. Regardless of how strict you will decide to be, having powerful control tools that are easy to use and ones that deliver the results you are after is important because these are the tools that you will be using every week, often even every day.